Welcome New Members
The HVL Fish & Game Club extends an invitation to HVL residents to join in the fun and social activities the club offers. Although fishing is a big part of our activities, you don’t have to fish to enjoy being a member. Many members are hunting enthusiasts, others like boating, golf, and other outdoor activities. All of us care deeply about the lakes and natural environment, both here in HVL and elsewhere.
Many of our meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of outdoor topics. The club takes a special interest in getting youth involved in the outdoors.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. From November through March we meet in the POA Community Room. April through October meetings are at the upper beach shelter. In addition to club business and social interaction, meetings include food, snacks and beverages – all for $30 a year.
We hope to see many new faces!
Scroll down for Tournament Schedules and results. View the HVL Events Calendar.
First Tuesday of each month – 7:30 p.m.
April through October at Upper Beach Shelter
November through March in HVL Community Room
Dues – $30/ year
Lake Enhancement Projects
Environmental improvements, such as Clean Up America Project
Support for HVL residents
Kids Fishing Derby
Fishing Tournaments (schedule below)
Seniors Weekday Tournaments (schedule below)
Sponsor of a Junior BASS Tournament
Assist Lakes Committee on Lake Management
May 13 – Cincinnati Youth Bass Tournament | HVL Lake Melody | 7 a.m. start; 6 a.m. boat captains arrive; 1 p.m. weigh-in| cookout at Pool Shelter afterwards
July 15 – Nick Wullenweber Kids Fishing Derby | HVL Lake Melody
September 16 – Fish & Game Golf Scramble | Sugar Ridge Golf Course
May 16, June 20, August 8 – Lake Treatments
December 9 – Christmas Party
Seniors Find More Success on Home Waters
After striking out at the Batesville tournament, HVL’s F&G senior fishermen found plenty of eager bass in Hidden Valley Lake at the April 29th event. Dave Ryberg and Tom Derrick caught a limit weighing 8.98 lbs. for first place, and had the big bass at 3.2 lbs. Close behind was Ken Horn, also with a 4-fish limit weighing 8.75 lbs. He nearly had the big bass too with a hefty 3.0 largemouth.
The five teams of seniors who fished that day had plenty to talk about while enjoying snacks and beverages afterward. A welcome improvement from the Batesville fiasco.
Spring Classic Results
The annual F&G two-day Spring Classic Tournament held on April 22-23 was very tight on Saturday, but decided in a big way on Sunday. The winning team of Gary Bright and Dave Miller weighed in a 5-lb. and a 4-lb. bass on Sunday, taking the top spot with a 2-day total of 8 bass weighing a little over 20 lbs.
Dave Ryberg and Tom Derrick caught a 4 pounder on Sunday, but settled for second place with 8 fish for a two day total of 17.4 lbs. Having led on Saturday, the team of Jerry and Chris Ludwig finished third.
Zebra Mussel Prevention Tips
Spring is a good time to think about keeping HVL free of invasive species.
Inspect – Thoroughly inspect your boat’s hull, drive unit, trim plates, trolling plates, prop guards, transducers, centerboards, rollers, axles, anchor, anchor rope and trailer. Scrape off and trash any suspected mussels, however small. Remove all water weeds hanging from the boat or trailer before leaving any water body. Aquatic vegetation can carry mussels.
Drain – Drain water from the motor, livewell, bilge and transom wells and any other water from your boat and equipment while on land before leaving any water body.
Dump – Trash leftover bait on land, away from water, before leaving any water body. Leftover live aquatic bait that has contacted infested waters should not be taken to uninfested waters.
Rinse – When you get home – before launching your boat into uninfested waters – thoroughly rinse and dry the hull, drive unit, livewells (and livewell pumping system), bilge, trailer, bait buckets, engine cooling system and other boat parts that got wet while in infested waters; use a hard spray from a garden hose.
Dry – Boats, motors and trailers should be allowed to dry thoroughly in the sun for at least five days before boating again.
Redworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, crickets, and minnows are all excellent baits for fishing in HVL. Panfish bass and catfish love them.
We are fortunate to have Wormies Bait Shop just down the road. Many of these baits can even be found in your yard. Remember, don’t put your unused minnows in any of the lakes as you might be putting in an unwanted species.
2017 HVL FISH AND GAME CLUB TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|DATE||TIME||BASS MIN. LENGTH||NOTES|
|Saturday, March 18, 2017||10 – 4||15||March 25 rain date|
|Saturday, April 08, 2017||8 – 2||15|
|Saturday, April 22, 2017||7 – 1||15|
|Sunday, April 23, 2017||7 – 1||15||Picnic|
|Sunday, May 07, 2017||6 – NOON||15|
|Saturday, May 20, 2017||6 – NOON||15|
|Saturday, June 10, 2017||6 – NOON||15|
|Saturday, June 24, 2017||6 – NOON||15|
|Friday, July 07, 2017||7 P.M. – 1 A.M.||14|
|Sunday, July 23, 2017||6 – NOON||14||**Added for 2017|
|Friday, August 04, 2017||7 P.M. – 1 A.M.||14|
|Saturday, August 19, 2017||6 – NOON||14|
|Saturday, September 09, 2017||7 – 1||14|
|Saturday, September 23, 2017||7 – 1||14|
|Sunday, October 08, 2017||8 – 2||14|
|Saturday, October 21, 2017||8 – 2||14|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017||8 – 2||14||Picnic|
Senior Tournament Directors
Must be 50 or over – *Entry Fee $10 (includes refreshments)
- All HVL and F&G rules apply. HVL-4 bass limit
- March – June 15” length* / July-Nov. 14” length
- Brookville – 5 bass/14” length * Ohio River- 5 bass/12” length
Coast Guard approved life vests must be worn when main engine is on.
2017 HVL FISH AND GAME CLUB SENIOR TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|Thursday, March 30, 2017||10 – 4||HVL|
|Thursday, April 13, 2017||8 – 2||Batesville (Bischoff Res.)|
|Friday, April 28, 2017||8 – 2||HVL|
|Thursday, May 11, 2017||8 – 2||Brookville (Bonwell Ramp)|
|Tuesday, May 30, 2017||6 – 10 p.m.||HVL|
|Tuesday, June 13, 2017||8 – 2||HVL*Parent-Child/Grandparent-Grandchild|
|Monday, June 19, 2017||7 – 1||HVL|
|Monday, July 10, 2017||7 – 1||HVL|
|Tuesday, July 25, 2017||7 – 11 p.m.||HVL|
|Friday, August 11, 2017||7 – 1||HVL|
|Wednesday, August 30, 2017||6 – 10 p.m.||HVL|
|Thursday, September 14, 2017||7 – 1||HVL|
|Friday, September 29, 2017||8 – 2||HVL *PANFISH|
|Tuesday, October 10, 2017||8 – 2||Brookville (Bonwell Ramp)|
|Thursday, October 26, 2017||8 – 2||Ohio River (Tanners Creek)|
|Monday, November 06, 2017||8 – 2||HVL* Food afterward|
March 18, 2017 :
- 1st – G. Buckingham/S. McDonald – 12.12 lbs
- 2nd – J. Ludwig/C. Ludwig – 9.59 lbs
- 3rd – R. Flowers/R. Batchelor – 8.38 lbs
- 4th – B. Sess/R. Croley – 5.62 lbs
- 5th – A. Burns/Z. Burns – 5.11 lbs
- Big Bass – G. Buckingham/S. McDonald – 5.28 lbs
Total anglers – 20
Total keeper Bass weighed-in – 19